Rough sketches from David Silverman (Part 4)

The tournament will continue as soon as this pesky World Cup stops distracting me, but until then let’s take a look at some of the awesome doodles and sketches from David Silverman’s multi-decade tenure as animation director for “The Simpsons.” You can find all these and a lot more on his Twitter feed, @tubatron. Click on the images to see them full size.

For El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer,  Space Coyote went through a few designs before settling on #4 --

David Silverman (@tubatron), Feb 1 2014:
For El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer, Space Coyote went through a few designs before settling on #4 —

Eastern Europe's favorite cat & mouse team Worker & Parasite. In '93, xeroxing was the ticket. Hoch Hech!

David Silverman (@tubatron), Jan 31 2014:
Eastern Europe’s favorite cat & mouse team Worker & Parasite. In ’93, xeroxing was the ticket. Hoch Hech!

And here's the rough layout from rough doodle posted earlier - Bart, Lisa & Maggie, and cards.

David Silverman (@tubatron), Feb 5 2014:
And here’s the rough layout from rough doodle posted earlier – Bart, Lisa & Maggie, and cards.

Practice page, early Simpsons shorts, c.1987

David Silverman (@tubatron), Feb 4 2014:
Practice page, early Simpsons shorts, c.1987

Hold the tel-e-o-rola, THIS is probably my 1st sketch for Simpsons title seq., warts n all --

David Silverman (@tubatron), Jan 30 2014:
Hold the tel-e-o-rola, THIS is probably my 1st sketch for Simpsons title seq., warts n all —

Roughs from Black Widower - studies for Krusty Telethon seq & Bart protecting Selma.

David Silverman (@tubatron), Feb 4 2014:
Roughs from Black Widower – studies for Krusty Telethon seq & Bart protecting Selma.

Found these rough thumbnail doodles in prep for Homer's Triple Bypass - 1992.

David Silverman (@tubatron), Jan 27 2014:
Found these rough thumbnail doodles in prep for Homer’s Triple Bypass – 1992.

Bart made weird faces back in the TU shorts days -- I mean, I was just drawing from life --

David Silverman (@tubatron), Feb 8 2014:
Bart made weird faces back in the TU shorts days — I mean, I was just drawing from life —

Homer roughs as the Magical Man from Happy Land.

David Silverman (@tubatron), Feb 6 2014:
Homer roughs as the Magical Man from Happy Land.

My 2 Al Hirschfeld-esque Krustys for Black Widower. Based on Al's Jerry Lewis - used #2, clean-up has "Nina."

David Silverman (@tubatron), Jan 22 2014:
My 2 Al Hirschfeld-esque Krustys for Black Widower. Based on Al’s Jerry Lewis – used #2, clean-up has “Nina.”

More early rough sketches and drafts from David Silverman

David Silverman’s Twitter feed is the gift that keeps on giving. Here are some more of his early Simpsons sketches he shared.

From 1987, a sketch from the Tracey Ullman Show short “House of Cards,” as well as some rough models for Maggie and Grampa:

Rough sketch of Bart, Lisa, and Maggie Simpson building a house of cards.

Rough model for Maggie Simpson by David Silverman Rough model for Abe Grampa Simpson

From the 1989 short “Maggie in Peril: Chapter One,” a background cell drawn by Eric Stefani, and an animation cycle:

sewer pipe background cell Maggie Simpson

Also from 1989, one of Silverman’s first sketches for the Simpsons title sequence:

Rough draft of Homer Simpson working at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant

Also from Eric Stefani, a draft of a cut scene from 1990’s “Bart vs. Thanksgiving”:

The Simpson family as pilgrims

Homer acting poses for the second season episode “Blood Feud” from 1991:

Homer Simpson Living in a World of Make Believe animation poses

Homer’s heart attack poses from 1992’s “Homer’s Triple Bypass“:

Homer Simpson having a heart attack

Sketches for Mr. Burns’ big number in “Two Dozen and One Greyhounds,” 1995:

Mr. Burns See My Vest Mr. Burns See My Vest

Finally, some sketches and color drawings from 1997’s “El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)”

Psychedelic Jasper, Nelson, Mrs. Krabappel, Barney Script pages and drawings Johnny Cash coyote sketch

Treehouse of Horror sketches from David Silverman

Update: Added one more, a worksheet of Silverman trying to figure out how to draw Bart as The Raven.

Once again, David Silverman has taken to Twitter to share another batch of his original rough sketches, this time for the “Raven” segment of the second season’s “Treehouse of Horror” episode:

Early rough sketches and character sheets from David Silverman

“The Simpsons” animation director David Silverman shared some beautiful sketches from the archives on his @tubatron Twitter account last night:

Rough sketch of Homer Simpson by David Silverman

Rough sketch of Homer from the Tracey Ullman Short “The Bart Simpson Show
(First aired: November 20, 1988) @tubatron

Rough sketches of Bart Simpson and Milhouse van Houten by David Silverman

Rough sketches of Milhouse and Bart from the
Butterfinger commercial “The Butterfinger Group
(First aired: December 31, 1988) @tubatron

Rough sketches of Homer Simpson by David Silverman

Rough sketches of Homer Simpson from first season episode “Bart the Genius
(First aired: January 14, 1990) @tubatron

Rough sketches of Bart Simpson by David Silverman

Doodles of Bart and notes by David Silverman for
second season episode “Blood Feud
(First aired: July 11, 1991) @tubatron

Rough sketches of Homer Simpson in The Land of Chocolate

Rough sketch of Homer in The Land of Chocolate
in third season episode “Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk”
(First aired: December 5, 1991) @tubatron

Storyboard sketch of Homer Simpson in The Land of Chocolate

Storyboard sketch of Homer in The Land of Chocolate
in third season episode “Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk”
(First aired: December 5, 1991) @tubatron

Turnaround model sheet for Marge Simpson by Wes Archer

First season Marge Simpson model sheet by Wes Archer #

Turnaround model sheet for Milhouse Van Houten

Milhouse model sheet for first season episode “Bart the Genius#

Turnaround model sheet for Edna Krabappel

Original Mrs. Krabappel model sheet, designed by Dan Haskett, for first season episode “Bart the Genius#

Round 70: Brother from Another Series vs. One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish

Round 70: 4F14 vs. 7F11.

4F14: “Brother from Another Series” (Season 8 / February 23, 1997)
Written by Ken Keeler
Directed by Pete Michels
Showrunners: Bill Oakley & Josh Weinstein

Bart Simpson falling to his doom

Kelsey Grammer’s performances as Sideshow Bob are always a delight, and giving him David Hyde Pierce to play off of is a great idea. I’ve only seen one or two episodes of Frasier, so I bet there are a lot of references I don’t get, but there are a ton of other funny things to enjoy here, plus beautiful, dramatic animation and scoring.

If you like the occasional glimpse behind the scenes of The Simpsons, you could do worse than to follow David Silverman on Twitter, where he, a while ago, shared a page from this episode’s storyboards, with notes by Brad Bird:

4F14 storyboard with notes by Brad Bird


7F11: “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish” (Season 2 / January 24, 1991)
Written by Nell Scovell
Directed by Wes Archer
Showrunners: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

Dumb Things I Gotta Do Today

I still do this every time I make a list.

What can I say? A pivotal episode for the series, one that announced to the world that this wasn’t just some cartoon, but a show that has something to say, stories to tell, make you think, and make you laugh.

  • -“What are you in for?”
    -“Atmosphere.”

The winner: 7F11, “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish.”